Spitalfields design icon is listed

A RED PHONE box in Spitalfields is the latest East End building to be listed. The iconic box on Commercial Street designed by architect Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 has been given grade II listed status, which should protect it from demolition. The archi

A RED PHONE box in Spitalfields is the latest East End building to be listed.

The iconic box on Commercial Street designed by architect Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 has been given grade II listed status, which should protect it from demolition.

The architect also designed other iconic landmarks including Battersea Power Station and Bankside Power Station.

English Heritage approved the box's listing because of its strong visual connection to the Grade I listed Christ Church Spitalfields, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor which it called, "one of London's most dramatic churches."


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The box joins other listed street furniture near the churchyard, including bollards, a cattle trough and a drinking fountain in the the Brick Lane and Fournier Street Conservation Area.

Mark Hutton, who leads Tower Hamlets Council's conservation team, said: "The famous red telephone boxes are part of London's heritage, loved by local residents and tourists alike. We are delighted that this one will be preserved and will be able to be restored for people to enjoy for many years to come as part of the beautiful and unique Spitalfields.

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